Jochen Hick's film portrays Tom Weise, the producer of the HustlaBall, an event originally created in order to encourage the acceptance of male prostitutes, but also to launch a rent boy ...
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Jochen Hick's film portrays Tom Weise, the producer of the HustlaBall, an event originally created in order to encourage the acceptance of male prostitutes, but also to launch a rent boy website. After his parents split and, having lost all contact with them, this slightly-built former student of politics decides to go to New York at the beginning of the 1990s. Being virus-positive, he is obliged to live in the USA illegally. In fact, according to the law, he cannot even pay a visit to this country. At first Tom has a hard time eking out a living as an escort. Unable to earn enough money, he winds up on the streets without a roof over his head. In the end, he succeeds in helping Jeffrey Davis set up an internet page, rentboy.com, which, ten years later, becomes the largest website for escorts. Increasingly beset by health issues, loneliness and drug abuse, in 2006 Tom eventually finds someone with whom he can share his life. He and his African-American partner decide to go to Berlin.... Written by
A beautiful documentary that uses extensive footage and interviews done over a long period of time explore they complexity of running a thriving business in the sex industry, being an immigrant in the US and abroad, living with HIV, homosexuality, moving forward with life, and love.
I never knew the history and popularity of Rentboy before watching this film and it was fascinating to hear the perspectives of both the escorts and the business owners. I also really enjoyed watching the relationships between the people in the film grow over time.
A must see!
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